Personal websites - show the world who you are and what you can do
A personal website is a great tool for individuals to promote themselves, share their ideas and interests, and exchange knowledge with people all over the world.
A personal website improves your chances of being found by making you more visible in search engine results. People searching for you by name as well as people looking for your skills will be more likely to find you.
For years, prominent authors, musicians, politicians, and other personalities have used websites to raise their profiles and provide a place to showcase their careers. Having your own website sends a message that you care about your professional image, and good, relevant content shows you put time and thought into your job.
You can also use a personal website to keep in touch with family and friends abroad or showcase your family accomplishments.
According to Google, 80% of people research others online before meeting them for the first time. That number jumps to 95% when talking about employers researching candidates.
A beautifully-designed and well-written website gives you the best chance of making that crucial first impression a great one. Let your personality shine by making personal connections with your peers. Whether it’s a shared hobby, life philosophy, or experience, making some sort of connection with your audience reminds them that you are a real person.
Websites give you a chance to talk about your interests and experiences in a way that is difficult to do on a blog or resume, and gives visitors a number of chances to make those important connections.
A website isn’t static it’s dynamic, ever-changing; the moment you accomplish something, you can add it to your website.
Research has shown that people spend more time on websites than they do on a given social networking profile. Without distractions like ads, third-party branding, and other users’ profiles competing for visitors’ attention, you can take your time to explain yourself and what you are looking for and have the message stick. Having an informative, well designed website also sends a message that you take your career seriously—and employers will take note
Making yourself available on social media is great for attracting potential employers, but it’s rather limiting in how well you can present your personal brand. You can link all of the connections you make via social media to your website – your virtual home, a convenient spot where an employer can find out all about who you are and connect to you.
It is also much easier for you and your contacts to deal with one link instead of several. You can include a link to your website on your business cards, e-mail, and all social media networks, and invite people to connect with you.